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Liz Reyer: Getting a joint venture to mesh as one team

Q: I'm co-leader of a joint venture team formed for a special project with staff from two different companies. The expectation is that we will behave as employees of the new project, not our respective home firms. The problem is that whenever stress or challenges come up, people gravitate strongly toward their original co-workers. How can we get people to pull together more fully?